As the national winner of the 2010 Chairmen's Distinguished Life Sciences Scientist Award Dr. Leary will receive a cash award for expenses related to his nanomedicine research. One award is given each year in a national competition based on creative and cutting edge science. Several esteemed colleagues in the field of nanomedicine recommended Dr. Leary for this honor.
Dr. Leary's research involves designing "next-generation", advanced nanodelivery systems for drugs and genes to combat cancer and other diseases. He has invented a variety of new nanomedical devices with targeting molecules that deliver therapeutic drugs precisely to diseased cells to perform single cell "nanosurgery", which eliminate the diseased cells while trying to preserve nearby normal cells, allowing for much smaller drug doses and fewer side effects.
Currently, two-thirds of Weldon Undergraduates have industry and three-fourths have research experience at graduation. "Upon the program's inception, it was obvious that industrial experience was integral for success. The Weldon School undergraduate program has always included internships. The program has matured, and now we can offer our students co-op opportunities as well," Maeve Drummond, the Weldon Undergraduate program coordinator says.
"Last summer, Ethicon Endo-Surgery and Eli Lilly hired the first Weldon co-ops. We learned how to best manage a co-op schedule with the rigorous Weldon program. It was such a success for the students, we started spreading the word amongst our corporate partners and are now offering many co-op opportunities." Drummond reports that ten students are involved in co-op at the time of publication, and that the program is always looking for more opportunities for students.
Earlier this summer, Professors Ann Rundell and Eric Nauman visited University of Galway in Ireland to explore a study abroad opportunity. This month, faculty from Galway will be visiting the Weldon School and finalizing details for a study abroad program that will be offered next school year.
Professor Rundell has also been leading the curriculum committee that made some slight adjustments to Senior Design capstone course. This school year, seniors have the choice of the previously typical one semester senior design or two semesters.
“A two-semester senior design option allows time for projects that may include tissue engineering, cell culture, or further development of a project. The senior class was really enthused when they were offered these new opportunities,” states Weldon Assistant Head, Andrew Brightman.
But opportunities aren’t just opening up for students. The school is always thinking of new ways to enlist the talents and expertise of Purdue Biomedical Engineering alumni and friends to further enrich the student experience.
Over the last year, the number of speakers in classrooms and seminars has increased to give students even more of the outside perspective. After a few successful Industry-sponsored Senior Design projects, the School will be seeking project Design ideas for next school year. Friends of the school can expect a formal request around the end of 2010.
“There are also giving opportunities for travel sponsorships for students preparing to attend Galway next year,” adds Brian Knoy, the Weldon School’s Director of Development, “and in today’s economic climate, economic support of top-notch students is becoming increasingly important.” To learn more about these and other giving opportunities, please contact Brian Knoy.
If you would like to have a Weldon Co-Op at your organization, would like to speak to an undergraduate class, or have an idea for a senior design project please contact Maeve Drummond.
Gliomas are common malignant brain tumors of both humans and dogs. The most aggressive form is Glioblastoma, and despite aggressive therapy this tumor is essentially terminal in every case. Attempts to identify improved treatments for glioblastomas have typically involved evaluating their effect in artificial models; however, this method has been fraught with difficulties and improved methods for predicting the best treatment in human patients are in critical need.
This multi-disciplinary team hopes to use spontaneously occurring gliomas in pet dogs to evaluate therapies. This project will allow the veterinary clinic to provide the latest therapies to individual patients, to provide clinicians and researchers a better understanding of glioma (both canine and human), and cell cultures which will be retained to test treatments prior to using them in canine and human patients.
This and other projects were chosen by the Showalter Selection Committee for support through a highly competitive selection process. Proposals for funding from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust are first reviewed by an internal selection committee [ISC] at Purdue. The ISC is appointed on an annual basis by the Associate Vice President for Research and is comprised of distinguished faculty representing individual academic units within the Purdue system. The ISC then selects the most meritorious pre-proposals for development of full proposals which are then forwarded to the Showalter Trustees. The Showalter Trustees make the final selection of projects to be funded.
Since 1975, Purdue has received research funding through grants made possible from the Ralph W. and Grace M. Showalter Research Trust Fund. The areas of research eligible for funding, as described by the benefactors, are:
- Air and water pollution research
- Research in the field of biochemistry
- Research for the control and prevention of disease
- Research for development of new technologies in food production
- Research in medical and biophysical instrumentation, including the adaptation of the modern computer in the measurement of biological processes, in the collection, recording, analysis, and interpretation of data
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Indiana State Fair - Purdue Day - August 13th
Be sure to stop by the Weldon School's tent at the State Fair this Friday. A full list of events can be found here.
Distance learning registration deadline - August 22nd
Earn your Masters of Science in Engineering - Interdisciplinary with a focus in Biomedical Engineering online. To learn more information, visit www.proed.purdue.edu.
Intern Poster Showcase -September 16th, 4:30 - 5:30pm, MJIS Atrium
Our interns and coops have returned from their summer industrial experiences and are ready to share their experiences.
Industrial Roundtable Weldon Open House Luncheons -September 14th and 15th, 11am-2pm, MJIS 2001
If you are coming to campus to recruit at IR, we would like to host you for an informal luncheon at your convenience. If you would like a chance to get out of the sun and share a meal with our students, email Julia Colby today. Please include the date of your visit and indicate if you would like a tour of the school.
Weldon BMES Reception - October 7th, 5:45pm, Austin, TX
Keeping an annual tradition, the Weldon School will be hosting a reception at the 2010 Biomedical Engineering Society Conference in Austin, Texas. If you are attending the conference, or are just in the area and would like to join fellow BME Boilers, please join us! We will be hosting prospective students as well, so it is a great opportunity to not only see old friends, but to share your experiences too. Please RSVP to Julia Colby before September 20th.
Weldon School Tailgate and Football game (vs. Wisconsin) - November 6th
In the spirit of the infamous goat roasts and likened to a "Weldon (nee Hillenbrand Center) Homecoming", the Weldon School hosts an annual barbeque tailgate for friends and alumni. Look for more information on this event later this fall.
Senior Design Presentations - Finals week TBA - (December 13-17th), MJIS 1001
Our students shine each end of term in their capstone project presentations. Feedback from our friends and alumni add another dimension to this defining moment in their undergraduate careers. Projects are expected to include:
- A cost effective preterm infant incubator
- Project from Engineering World Health
- Smart helmet for military soldiers
- Bioelectrically controlled car
- Tactile surface detector
- Intraoral communication device
- Environmentally adaptive hearing aid
- Conductive heat therapy device to treat benign prostatic hypertrophy
- Gamer opportunities for upper extremity amputees
- Project suggested and mentored by Weldon alumni, Brian Kaluf ('08)